FINE ARTS GRADUATE
Hikalu completed his BFA in 2015 and then his Master of Fine Arts in 2017.
After spending his first year at an arts school in Whanganui, he shifted to Auckland to study at Whitecliffe because he "was drawn to the generous studio space provided to students but predominantly, my decision was influenced by the faculty of practicing artists, designers and thinkers.”
“I was always pretty set on studying Fine Arts but before coming to Whitecliffe, I don’t think I understood what it really encompassed. The Whitecliffe BFA programme helped me learn a critical language that I otherwise would have struggled to engage with and enabled me to develop my art practice. The MFA then furthered this development through a process of rigorous interrogation and helped refine the concepts and interests that are now fundamental to my practice.”
His conceptually driven practice engages with themes around power and sovereignty through installation. He is interested in how architecture facilitates the relationship between governing bodies and its citizenry.
Hikalu’s work was included in a group exhibition called The Tomorrow People, at the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington. Curated by Tina Barton, Stephen Cleland and Simon Gennard, the exhibition featured 26 emerging New Zealand artists. He is following that with a solo exhibition at Blue Oyster Art Project space in Dunedin.